Illinois Student Rocks with Paper, Scissors

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    A battle of Rock Paper Scissors.

    Illinois got snubbed for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. But Brittany Kraft may have just brought the glory back to the state.

    The Eastern Illinois University senior single-handedly made collegiate championship history.

    OK. So it is admittedly on a much smaller scale.

    Kraft has been crowned the first female to win the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" world championships.

    The 21-year-old from Lexington, was in Acapulco, Mexico, to enjoy the last spring break of her college career when someone asked if she wanted to sign up for the competition.

    Seven hours, one bee sting and many rounds of play later, Kraft won, beating out 14 regional champions from across the country, among others.

    ''I tried to think about what my opponent thought I was going to throw next, " Kraft told the Chicago Sun-Times last week. "Which would lead me to think what they were going to throw. And then I would throw whatever would trump them. And it seemed to work out quite well.''

    For her efforts, Kraft took home the $25,000 grand prize for tuition and a year supply of goods from contest sponsor Amp Energy.